Foucault News

News and resources on French thinker Michel Foucault (1926-1984)

Krzysztof Tyszka-Drozdowski, The failure of May 1968, Unherd, May 24, 2022 “What defines our public life today is boredom”. That was a Le Monde front-page headline in March 1968. Two months later, a revolution would erupt that would shake the foundations of the Fifth Republic, divide France, and alter its history forever. […] In June, …

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Peter Salmon, Since Derrida, Aeon, 6 May 2022 A golden generation of French philosophers dismantled truth and other traditional ideas. What next for their successors? […] Ricœur was part of a generation that Hélène Cixous, one of its members, called ‘the incorruptibles’. Their numbers included such thinkers as Cixous, Jacques Derrida, Julia Kristeva, Jean Luc-Nancy, …

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Why Critics of Angry Woke College Kids Are Missing the Point Wendy Brown interviewed by David Marchese, New York Times Magazine, 1 May 2022 The halls of academia may appear to be overrun by battles over academic freedom, free speech, identity politics, cancel culture and overreaching wokeness. But why does it look that way? And …

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Philip Mirowski, The Death of Neoliberalism Has Been Greatly Exaggerated. Jacobin. 04.27.2022 Despite predictions of its demise, the neoliberal power bloc of think tanks and lobby groups is still deeply entrenched and pushing into new territory, from health care to space exploration. Neoliberalism won’t be over until the Left can challenge that power. It is …

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Neha Patel, The Function of Train Travel in Books, Book Riot, Jan 14, 2022 […] Trains are incredible because its passengers either forget about them entirely or have a moment or two immortalized in their memories. But trains themselves are liminal. The term’s Latin roots come from “limen,” which roughly translates to “threshold.” As such, …

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Jarryd Bartle, In defence of Michel Foucault, Unherd, January 27, 2022 Blaming French theory for the extremes of the American Left has been a popular line for that last few years. Public intellectual Jordan Peterson has blamed “postmodern neo-Marxism” for the rise of a hypersensitive yet coercive activism, connecting the term to everything from safe …

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Marcelo Hoffman The FBI File on Foucault, Viewpoint Magazine, November 8, 2021 Open access Nearly a decade ago, two Brazilian researchers, Heliana de Barros Conde Rodrigues and Maria Izabel Pitanga, made a remarkable discovery. They requested materials on the French philosopher Michel Foucault from the National Archive of the Ministry of Justice in Brasília and …

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Blake Smith, An Unlikely Intellectual Convergence, City Journal, October 20, 2021 Christopher Lasch and Michel Foucault told a similar story about the modern obsession with identity—and its dangers. Christopher Lasch and Michel Foucault are rarely read side by side. Yet the two thinkers praised each other’s work, recognizing themselves as involved in a common project. …

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Michael C. Behrent, The True Foucault Dissent Magazine, September 30, 2021 The issues most important to Michel Foucault have moved from the margins to become major preoccupations of political life. But what did Foucault actually teach?, Suddenly, it seems, everyone has a lot to say about Michel Foucault. And much of it isn’t pretty. After …

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